Parsing Translucence





Parsing Translucence

She takes care to walk around
The webs that veil
The field, spiders
Posing as the ghosts
Of stone, path
For the unwary.


This is a sort of imagist poem posted for Kerry O’Connor’s prompt in honor of William Carlos Williams on With Real Toads.  I found this one super difficult – this is actually my very first version.  I did a zillion others, but my husband told me this was the best, so back to it.   (I’ve used a title that was a line in one of the other versions, and which he does not think fits.  Too bad!) 

The pictures were all taken the other morning by me on my iPhone.  Quite amazing.  (All rights reserved.) 

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16 Comments on “Parsing Translucence”

  1. Great imagery of webs as ghosts, evocative. The title does fit! Oh well, husbands aren’t always right 🙂

  2. Ella Says:

    Clever poem and beautiful pics~ I love your poem 😀
    The haunting quality found in the ordinary-magical

  3. Kay Davies Says:

    Gorgeous imagery: “ghosts of stone”, and the photos are awesome.

  4. grapeling Says:

    spiders / posing as the ghosts / of stone

    just a great image, so assuredly in the spirit of the challenge.

    naturally I agree with your husband, k – right poem, but title is…. 🙂

    ~ M

  5. I love how those webs capture the morning light. You described it so well as the ‘ghosts of stone’, an ephemeral pathway.

    I do hope that some of the other poems you wrote for this challenge can be developed further. I believe that no writing should go to waste.

    • ManicDdaily Says:

      Well, I have a bunch of old manuscripts sitting around that drive me a bit crazy for just that reason.

      But in this case may post another version. They are quite different. Maybe try for your oln. Thanks, Kerry. k.

  6. Loving the words & pictures K ~ the spiders posing as ghosts ~ Great imagery here, smiles ~


  7. brian miller Says:

    the ghost of stone. smiles it does look like that….cool capture…wow on so many of them as well…very neat k

  8. Susan Chast Says:

    I loved walking the picture stepping stones into your poem. Translucence defined in the morning dew … I’ve walked the same lawn it seems. Love this imagistic poem with it’s romantic ghosts.

  9. Across the street from us are some low-lying junipers that are full of webs like this and dew drops. They enchant me and I’ve also photographed them. The stuff of which poems are made.

  10. Debi Swim Says:

    Very nice pictures and poem. “path For the unwary.” Nice

  11. Eeriness whispers and indeed, William Carlos Williams is never skeleton but fleshy in his writing ~ like you !

  12. Mary Says:

    Spectacular photos, Karin. Enjoyed the poem too…especially these lines:

    Posing as the ghosts
    Of stone….

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